Normandy rocks!

Normandy = D-Day landing beaches, Bayeux Tapestry, world-famous food & drink, Impressionist painters …and music festivals! With over 40 events taking place this year, the region is a real hot spot for music lovers and has become a popular destination for international festival-goers who want to combine the fun and excitement of outdoor music events with a short break away.

Normandy has it all!

Where else can you get to see headliners such as Foals, Phoenix, Placebo or The Prodigy before exploring iconic Mont Saint-Michel? Catch indie talents The Skints, Parcels or Shame on the beach after jumping in a vintage 2CV to tour the land of cider and cheese? Watch the sun set over Etretat's famous white cliffs at a free festival on the seafront? Dance to Martin Garrix’s EDM hits in the heart of the French countryside?

All across Normandy, festival vibes will surge through small towns, buzzing cities and spectacular coastlines. Even with artists flying in from all over the world, you’ll still get to showcase real Normandy with an abundance of local food and drink at most events. Cider and Camembert anyone?

Headlining acts, picture-postcard scenery, great facilities, mouth-watering food and surprisingly inexpensive tickets: all this just a short hop away from the UK!

 

Beauregard - Hérouville St Clair, near Caen (Calvados)

Set in the beautiful grounds of Beauregard Castle, this festival straddles the boundaries between underground and mainstream, meaning its lineup appeals to all.

> From 7 to 9 July 2017

> Lineup: Phoenix, Metronomy, Foals, Iggy Pop, Placebo, Editors, Jagwar Ma, Echo and the Bunnymen, Midnight Oil, Die Antwoord, House of Pain…

> Prices: 1 day ticket from €49 (£42) – 3 day pass from €99 (£85)

> Campsite: 10 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: Portsmouth to Caen/Ouistreham with Brittany Ferries: daily cruise-ferry sailings – up to three sailings a day. London Southend to Caen-Carpiquet with FlyBe: regular flights.

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Rock in Evreux - Evreux racecourse (Eure)

Don’t let the festival name fool you: rock will sure be king in Evreux, but a sonic soundclash of electro beats, hip-hop breaks and driving rhythms will also fill the summer air on the racecourse.

> 23 and 24 June 2017

> Lineup: The Prodigy, Machine Gun Kelly, Ásgeir, Jain, Gojira, Austra…

> Prices: 1 day ticket from €42 (£36) – 3 day pass from €70 (£60)

> Campsite: 2 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: Eurostar from London to Paris then train from Paris to Evreux

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Green Horse Festival - Mauquenchy racecourse (Seine-Maritime)

An electronic wave weaves between the guitar strings at this festival held in the heart of the Norman countryside.

> 7 to 9 July 2017

> Lineup: Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Imany, Calypso Rose…

> Prices: 1 day ticket from €36 (£30) - 3 day pass from €80 (£70)

> Campsite: 5 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: Newhaven to Dieppe ferry service with DFDS Seaways: up to three sailings a day. You could even cycle from Dieppe to the festival via popular cycle route, the Avenue Verte!

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Cabourg mon Amour - Cabourg beach (Calvados)

Taking place on a beautiful sandy beach, this intimate festival caters to the indie crowd.

> 28 to 30 July 2017

> Lineup: Jacques Greene, Loyle Carner, Parcels, Cigarettes After Sex, Shame, Call Super…

> Prices: 3 day pass from €61.50 (£53)

> Campsite: On the seafront, 25 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: London Stansted to Deauville-Normandie: flights on Mondays and Fridays from 31 March to 27 October 2017. Bus from Deauville to Cabourg.

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Pete the Monkey Festival - Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, near Dieppe (Seine-Maritime)

Recently crowned as a ‘secret hidden paradise’ by the French newspaper Le Monde, Pete the Monkey Festival is an intimate and unique music and arts event set right by the sea.

Nominated for “Best Overseas Festival” at the 2016 UK Festival Awards and “Best Independent Festival” at the 2016 Aim Awards.

> 13 to 15 July 2017

> Lineup: Fischbach, Agar Agar, Los Wemblers De Iquitos, Hugo Mendez (Sofrito Records)…

> Prices: TBC

> Campsite: 2 min walk from the festival

> Getting there: Newhaven to Dieppe ferry service with DFDS Seaways: up to three sailings a day.

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Hello Birds Festival - Etretat beach (Seine-Maritime)

A free event held in legendary Etretat, world-renowned for its iconic cliffs overlooking the Channel. Live shows, DJ sets, nature and food make for a perfect combination by the sea.

> 30 June to 2 July 2017

> Lineup: Childhood, Hotel Radio Paris and many more!

> Prices: Free event!

> Campsite: No official camping but 2 campsites situated nearby

> Getting there: Portsmouth to Le Havre with Brittany Ferries: daily sailings – ‘no frills’ economy service. Bus from Le Havre to Etretat.

 

Other festivals include:

> Papillons de Nuit - 2 to 4 June - Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves (Manche): The Kills, The Skints, The Temperance Movement, The Mystery Lights and many more are playing this year!

> Chauffer dans la Noirceur - 13 to 16 July - Montmartin-sur-Mer beach (Manche): Don't miss Soulwax, Mykki Blanco, Nina Hagen and more on the beach.

> Archeo Jazz - 27 June to 1 July - Blainville Crevon (Seine-Maritime): For its 40th edition, this major jazz, blues and rock festival will welcome Gregory Porter, UB40 and Earth Wind & Fire on stage!

 

#NormandyRocks

 

 

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MUSIC AND MORE

Make sure your trip to Normandy is loaded with amazing cultural experiences and topped off with unique and fun activities:

> Souleuvre Viaduct

Located in the village of La Ferrière-Harang, this impressive viaduct is one of France's highest bungee jumping facilities. You can also try the giant swing, which will propel you to a speed of 120km/h in less than 4 seconds!

> 2CV tour through the land of Cider and cheese

Hop aboard one of France's most famous cars and hit the countryside roads for a quirky and tasty tour of Normandy.

> Bénédictine cocktail workshop

Discover one of France's best kept secrets and master the art of mixology in a private room at the Bénédictine Palace in Fécamp.

> Rouen Dungeon

New for 2017! Will you manage to escape this creepy dungeon where Joan of Arc was kept prisoner?

> Panorama XXL

Experience the world's largest 360° panorama by artist Yadegar Asisi. The Rouen Panorama takes visitors on a trip into the late Gothic era at the onset of modern times.

> ClecyGliss

At the heart of the Swisse Normande, this monorail toboggan run will give you the opportunity to rush down the hills at a speed of 50 km/hour!

> Eole Aventure

Water skiing, body jumping or water sliding: you'll be spoilt for choice at this leisure park located a few miles away from Caen.

> Caen pub crawl

Home to over 30 000 students, Caen is Normandy's party capital. A great way to see and experience the city's nightlife is to head to the Rue Ecuyère for a pub crawl you won't forget!

> Cité de la Mer

Cherbourg's sealife centre is an unmissable attraction. Board Le Redoutable, the largest submarine open to the public in the world and experience the magical Abyssal Aquarium, which is an incredible 11 metres deep - the deepest aquarium in Europe!




 

Welcome to the jungle of love!

 

Watch Pete Doherty perform at Hello Birds Festival in Etretat last year:

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